Definition of lamia in English:

lamia

Syllabification: la·mi·a
Pronunciation: /ˈlāmēə
 
/

noun (plural lamias or lamiae /-mēˌē/)

A mythical monster, with the body of a woman or with the head and breasts of a woman and the body of a snake, said to prey on human beings and suck the blood of children.
More example sentences
  • We lamia were not supposed to fall in love with humans, but I was willing to break every existing rule for her.
  • Leinweber discusses the development of beliefs about sorcerers and female vampires (lamiae) in Greek and Roman texts through Apuleius and shows how they prefigured modern witchcraft and vampire legends.
  • This has obvious parallels with the striges and lamiae of classical myth and belief.

Origin

via Latin from Greek, denoting a carnivorous fish or mythical monster.

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